This Is What Happens When You Eat Hummus Every Day

Whether you enjoy it with pita bread, chips, or vegetable slices, hummus is a popular dip eaten around the world. Originating in the Middle East, the most basic version is this dish is made by blending tahini, chickpeas, oil, lemon juice, and salt into a smooth paste. Hummus is widely available around the country and has probably made its way into your refrigerator at some point in time. Is this tasty spread something you can enjoy every day guilt-free? Here's what you should know.

Lovers of hummus don't need to worry. This dish is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Hummus is primarily made from chickpeas, which are an excellent source of protein and fiber (via Health). One cup of these legumes contains 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of dietary fiber. That's almost half of the daily recommended amount for an adult. Chickpeas also contain iron, folate, phosphorus, vitamin B, vitamin K, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, choline, and selenium (via Eat This, Not That!).

According to Health, people who regularly consume chickpeas and/or hummus tend to have lower BMIs and smaller waists than those who avoid this food. Hummus lovers are also 53% less likely to be obese. People who eat chickpeas may also see fewer blood sugar spikes, improved gut health, and a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

The other ingredients in hummus have health benefits as well

Although chickpeas are the star ingredient of hummus, its other components boast their own health benefits. Tahini, for example, is a hummus ingredient that is made from grinding toasted sesame seeds. Tahini is rich in many nutrients, including copper and selenium (via Healthline). Copper is essential for the body to absorb iron and selenium helps keep the immune system strong. Tahini also contains a high amount of protein, fiber, iron, and zinc in each serving while being relatively low in calories.

Are there any downsides to hummus? Like any food, it's best to enjoy this dip in moderation. Although hummus contains many healthy fats, too much fat can lead to weight gain (via Eat This, Not That!). If you're eating this food straight from its container, it's easy to go overboard and consume way more than the suggested serving size. Many people like to pair hummus with carbs like chips, bread, or crackers. Those calories can add up as well if you aren't careful. Watch your portion size and you can enjoy hummus every day.